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Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls

Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls
Pair of 18th C Wax & Homespun Dolls

I present to you another find that really made my heart jump: This pair of humble cloth and wax dolls I call “Mother and Child”, both entirely hand-made and wonderful!

Poppet number one is the larger of the two. She measures 9 ¼ inches tall and 1 ½ inches across the shoulders. Her body and head are made out of natural homespun linen stuffed with rags, with applied, rolled appendages. Her rolled arms have been covered in a light coat of beeswax while it appears only the tips of her legs have been dipped. Wax has also been applied to the head and shaped. She has been given facial features, although they are rather primitive. As you can see by the photos, this wax coats the back of her neck as well as part of her back. She is dressed in a finely woven homespun linen gown which is original but, I am assuming, was probably an undergarment.

Poppet number two was the much loved and played with of the two, as evidenced by the "make-do" nature of her appearance: her head has been reattached, as well as her arm and she is missing her other arm. She measures 7 ¼ inches tall, with a 1 ¼ inch shoulder width. Her head is much more crudely carved than “momma” but she has quite an expressive face. Her eyes have been darkened, and her head has an upward tilt that gives her a very sweet & pleasing countenance. You can see that her upper torso still retains much of its wax covering.

Their condition is very good, despite their faults, in that the wax is not brittle or cracking, and the fabric is nice and supple. That they survived, in any condition, is quite amazing.

In my collecting and selling lifetime, I've never found any such constructed. They date to the last quarter 18th C and were originally found on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

They are truly unique, and quite a rare and wonderful find. They would look especially great in an early home, folk art collection or anywhere you choose to display them.

Price: SOLD

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Also, don't hesitate to ask for more photos of a piece..Or ask as many questions as you like about it.

Terms and Conditions of Sale:

Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks. Personal checks require a 7 business day bank clearance period. Unless prior arrangements have been made, payment must be received within 7 days or item will be re-offered for sale.

I guarantee all items to be as described. I try to be as thorough and meticulous in my descriptions as possible, and will gladly send additional photos as well as answer any questions about a piece in order to avoid return of merchandise.

In the event there is a discrepancy with respect to an item's representation, I must be notified within 48 hours of receipt of the piece. Upon notification, and my approval, the item must be returned within 7 days in the condition it was received in order to receive a refund less shipping and insurance.

Pennsylvania residents must pay 6% sales tax unless they possess a valid resale number.

Shipping and Handling:
Purchaser is responsible for all shipping, handling and insurance costs. I ship via the best and lowest priced carrier for the piece. Pickup of items at The Black Angus in Adamstown, Pennsylvania is a possibility depending on circumstances.

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